Design Museum Designers in Residence

By Stephanie Rebick | Posted on September 12th, 2012

The Design Museum in London is one of my must-see venues whenever I’m visiting the city. I find their exhibitions interesting and innovative, their exhibition design inspired and I’m a sucker for the beautiful objects they have for sale in their well-curated shop. I also admire how supportive the institution is of both British design and emerging design talent. One of the exhibitions on their fall schedule is their annual presentation of work by their designers in residence. Now in its fifth year, the program selects a number of emerging designers via an open call, and this year’s finalists were asked to create projects that respond to the idea of “thrift.” The four 2012 residents — Freyja Sewell, Harry Trimble and Oscar Medley-Whitfield, Lawrence Lek and Yuri Suzuki — each interpreted the challenge in a unique way, the results of which are on display now at the Museum. Freyja Sewell’s repurposing of wool fibres, discarded by the British Carpet industry, into furniture design appears particularly compelling. The residents will hold their posts until January 27, 2013 and will be involved in other aspects of the Museum’s programming including talks and curating late night openings.


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